Lat winter large amounts of snow fell in the Jarbidge Mountains and in the town of Jarbidge. In summer the land makes up for it with incredible displays of lupine and yellow balsam root, a member of the sunflower family.
The Jarbidge Wilderness is a Mecca for hunters, hikers and fisherman. Elk, mule deer, antelope, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and the occasional moose can be seen here.
The steep, rugged terrain was home to the Shoshone Indians. They respected its magical characteristics and believed that a flesh-eating giant roamed the canyons ready to attack anyone who was not welcome. The Shoshone called the monster "Tsawhabitts." When white men came into the region they mispronounced the name, calling the area "Jarbidge." The name stuck.